Celebrate Latinx Culture & Heritage at La Fiesta de Comida y Moda- Food & Fashion Festival

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of Latinx heritage at the Food and Fashion Fiesta-Fiesta de Comida y Moda on June 1, from 5:30 to 8 PM. Hosted by the Middletown Art Center (MAC), this event promises an evening brimming with cultural richness and community spirit.

Attendees are encouraged to don their traditional Latinx clothing to honor and celebrate Latinx heritage, with prizes awarded for the “best” traditional  attire. The event will feature an array of delectable treats, including FREE tacos, tamales, pupusas, and salad, beans and rice with additional food and beverages available for purchase.

Co-create a mural with Raìces Hermosas exhibit artist, Catalina Gonzalez or help Matin Zuniga build a sculpture from recycled water bottles. Explore the Raìces Hermosas exhibit and offerings from local art vendors. Dance to the beats of DJ Chill-E, savor the captivating voice of Irma Lopez, and be enchanted by the grace of folklórico dancers from Middletown High School. Family fun and children’s activities will also be available.

“This event will honor the beauty and diversity of our culture in a night to remember,” said Samara Zepeda, Project Coordinator and Cultural Educator at MAC.

La Fiesta de Comida y Moda is the culminating event for the Raices Hermosas-Gorgeous Roots project which features a guest-curated exhibit of exceptional work from local and regional Latinx artists. It closes June 3rd. MAC has been instrumental in nurturing educational experiences for Lake County students through free school field trips including inquiry-based exhibit tours and hands-on creative art activities. Almost 3000 Lake County students visited the Raices Hermosas exhibit, and explored artistic expressions of cultural roots, identity and element and principles of art and visual literacy.  By providing youth with a unique and enriching experience of California’s diverse cultural heritages, MAC continues to champion artistic expression and understanding across cultures.

“The Raices Hermosas exhibit and related field trips provided not only a moving visual experience but also a deep dive into the cultural and artistic heritages of Latinx people,” remarked Lisa Kaplan, Executive and Artistic Director of MAC.

Join us at the Food and Fashion Fiesta-Fiesta de Comida y Moda for an unforgettable celebration of Latinx heritage and community spirit.

Funding for the Raíces Hermosas project is provided by Specified General Fund for the Museum Grant Program under the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The Food & Fashion Festival is sponsored by Lake County Tribal Health, Twin Pine Casino, NCO, MendoLake Food Hub and Hardester’s Markets.

Middletown Art Center is a non-profit dedicated to engaging the public in art making, art education, and art appreciation and providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives, striving to create an inclusive and accessible space for all.

To learn more and donate to support this or other MAC arts and cultural programs visit middletownartcenter.org. For inquiries or further information, please contact the Middletown Art Center at 707-355-4465 or email info@middletownartcenter.org. The MAC is located at 21456 State Hwy 175 in Middletown.

Curated by The Bloom Staff

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